Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. got a pleasant surprise on Thursday when a huge crowd turned out to welcome his Unity Caravan in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental province.
The crowd of about 5,000 gave Marcos a rousing welcome as he entered a makeshift stage at the Gingoog public market. Many chanted his name and jostled each other in a bid to shake his hand or have a “selfie” with him.
Marcos expressed elation saying, “I did not expect to see these many people here. Thank you very much for your very warm welcome and for coming to this event even on just a short notice.”
He then reiterated his call for national unity, which he said is necessary to enable the country to overcome the multitude of problems facing us today to usher a brighter future for all Filipinos.
Marcos cited the Mindanao power problem as an example of how years of divisiveness have hampered new developments.
“For thirty years we have this power problem and it is still with us. What happened? We have all seen that the politics of division has prevented our leaders from giving us the projects and programs that we need to solve this power problem,” he said.
Located in the northern region of Mindanao, or some 122 kilometers east of the capital city Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog has an estimated population of over 117,000 and considered a bailiwick of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
The city’s incumbent mayor is Stella Marie Guingona, the sister of LP stalwart and re-electionist Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd.
The event at Gingoog was organized by the local supporters of Marcos in the city, led by Besben Maquiso.